Published: Wednesday 15 August 2018
Our student in the spotlight this month is Laura Knight from North Shields. With a full time job, she decided that To Baby and Beyond's distance learning option offered the flexibility she needed to learn to teach baby massage, whilst continuing with her existing commitments. Over to you Laura...
Name: Laura Knight
Lives: North Shields, Tyne and Wear
What do you teach? Baby massage
How long have you been an instructor? I qualified in June 2018
What made you want to become an instructor? I have spoken to many parents and practitioners over recent years who have shared their positive experiences on baby massage and this is why I chose to become an instructor.
Have you always been an instructor? No. My background is in the early years sector; working with families and young children both at home and in the community. As well as running Baby and Me by the sea I also work as an Early Years Coordinator.
Why did you choose To Baby and Beyond for your training? I needed flexibility and To Baby and Beyond offered this with their distance learning course.
What did you like best about the training with To Baby and Beyond? That I was able to complete it at my own pace.
What’s your favourite part of your job? Seeing parents really enjoy this special time with their baby. Life is so busy with so many distractions, but in classes parents can switch off from all of this and spend one to one time with their baby.
How do you keep your skills up to date? I keep up to date with news articles, government publications and research in relation to early child development. I make sure that my practice is up to date by revising the strokes and the benefits of massage regularly.
Do you have any favourite websites that you use? No. But the To Baby and Beyond Facebook group is fantastic*. It helps to be able to share knowledge, skills and experience with instructors who are both joining me on this new journey, and those with more experience who have been doing this for a long time.
What qualities do you think are important in a baby massage instructor? I feel it is very important to be passionate, friendly, welcoming and approachable. It is also important to be reassuring. This is often a whole new experience for both parents and babies and so a little reassurance can go a long way to make parents feel relaxed and comfortable.
What benefits do you derive from baby massage? For me the main benefits of massage are that it supports and improves sleep, aids colic and constipation and supports your baby’s overall well-being.
Have you learnt anything surprising about baby massage? I was surprised to learn about the facial strokes for teething. The strokes ease pain and discomfort while also helping blood circulation for the new tooth to come through.
What’s your top tip for baby massage? Relax! If you are relaxed and take your time with the massage your baby will also feel calmer and relaxed.
Have you had an amusing experiences in your work as an instructor? Not yet but I expect something amusing will happen in the future!
Thanks Laura. Rather excitingly, the website for Laura's business goes live this month (24th August, to be precise!) so do check it out. She can be found at www.babyandmebythesea.co.uk, on Facebook and Instagram.
*This is an exclusive group for current and past students only.
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